Senior Jennifer Hamson was announced the winner of two major awards from the West Coast Conference 2013-14 league as Player of the year and the Defensive Player of the Year.
“I can’t be more proud,” head coach Jeff Judkins said. “The way she dominates the game both inside defense and offensively is hard to replace. You’re lucky to have a player like Jen maybe once every ten years.”
Hamson has ranked highly all season, not just for BYU but nationally as well, in scoring, blocked shots and rebounding. She led the nation in blocked shots and ranked 11th in double-doubles, 13th in rebounds per game and 19th in field goal percentage.
She was named WCC player of the week three times and averaged a league best 4.3 blocks. Over the last six games of the season Hamson averaged five blocks per game. She also pulled down 8.1 defensive boards, an easy pick for WCC player of the year.
In the WCC, Hamson ranked second in scoring, rebounds and double-double nights, and was the overall league leader in field goal percentage and blocked shots. She spearheaded a BYU defensive unit that ranked No. 15 among division 1 leaders in field goal percentage defense and sixth in blocked shots.
Hamson was joined by BYU’s Lexi Eaton on the WCC Women’s Basketball First Team, and Hamson along with senior Kim Beeston have been named the 2013-14 West Coast Conference Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team out of 10 student athletes total.
Throughout her career she has scored double figures in 66 games, 20 of those games scoring more than 20 points and tallied 29 double-doubles. She ranked 15th in BYU’s 1,000-point club with 1,343 points, is second in career blocks, beat only by her mother Tresa Spaulding Hamson, and third in rebounds.